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Chrome apps for Mac, Windows and Linux are being phased out

Chrome apps for Mac, Windows and Linux are being phased out

If you’re a Windows, Mac or Linux user, the odds are really, really low that you’re also a Chrome apps user. According Google, only about one percent of the users on those platforms are ‘actively’ utilizing packaged Chrome apps, and so as you probably guessed, there’s not much sense in continuing support for them. For this reason, Google has decided that all new Chrome apps published starting later this year will only be available on Chrome OS; support for existing apps for Mac, Windows and Linux will be phased out over the next couple of years.

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ASUS Chromebook C301SA with 64GB and 13.3″ display goes up for pre-order

ASUS Chromebook C301SA with 64GB and 13.3″ display goes up for pre-order

Earlier this summer, some posts on Reddit surfaced pointing toward a new ASUS Chromebook C301SA model with decent specs and a very nice price tag. ASUS pulled the product page shortly after it drew attention, though, and there’s been no update on it since…until today. Someone has spotted that model Chromebook up for preorder through an online retailer, though it still hasn't reappeared on ASUS' own website.

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Google Fuchsia dev team: Android, Palm, WebOS, Native Client, iOS

Google Fuchsia dev team: Android, Palm, WebOS, Native Client, iOS

Today we're having a look at the software team responsible for Google Fuchsia, a new operating system from Google. The initial commit file for this set of codes was made "6 weeks ago" by developer Petr Hosek. That first commit reads as follows: "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)". That's it! This operating system's code and its developers have a wide variety of connections to operating systems you may have had some experience with in the past - everything from iOS to the software run by the original Sidekick phone.

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Fuchsia is Google’s new OS project – here’s what we know

Fuchsia is Google’s new OS project – here’s what we know

When it comes to creating its own platforms, Google like to keep busy. There's Android, Chrome OS, Chromecast, and several more. But yet another open source operating system from the company has been discovered, this one dubbed "Fuchsia." Now, this is far from a finalized product, mind you, it's just a new project that's appeared on GitHub with the description "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)."

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CrossOver for Android on Chromebooks run Windows apps, games

CrossOver for Android on Chromebooks run Windows apps, games

In the future, a Chromebook might be the only computing device you'll ever need. Well, maybe together with a mid-range smartphone. Google has recently added official and fast-running Android app support to at least three Chromebooks and, unsurprisingly, some people are taking that to the extreme. Take for example the folks at CrossWeaver, developers of the CrossOver software, who just successfully got a game launched from a Windows version of Steam running through the Android version of CrossOver running on Chrome OS on a Chromebook. Yes, OS-ception at its finest.

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Acer R11, 2015 Chromebook Pixel now getting Google Play update

Acer R11, 2015 Chromebook Pixel now getting Google Play update

Last month, Google rolled out version 53 of Chrome OS in its developer channel that signaled the start of the promised Android app support for Chromebooks. Back then, the ASUS Chromebook Flip was the sole beneficiary of that update, just one of three promised Chromebooks to get support. Now it seems that the other two are finally getting their day. Although not yet official, multiple users are chiming in to gleefully share that their Acer R11 and Chromebook Pixel (2015) have just gotten an update that finally enables Google Play support for their devices.

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ASUS C301SA Chromebook on pre-order, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage

ASUS C301SA Chromebook on pre-order, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage

Chromebooks are about to become en vogue again. That is, when Google gets around to rolling out Android app support for all models. Perhaps preparing for that day, ASUS is bringing out a new Chromebook that almost seems designed with that exact scenario in mind. The C301SA Chromebook is a 13.3-inch portable that boasts of 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, some of the highest you'll see in this device class and price tier, ready to support a good many Android apps installed from Google Play Store on Chrome OS.

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Chrome OS is finally getting a storage manager

Chrome OS is finally getting a storage manager

Now that Chrome OS has been updated with the ability to run Android software like apps and games, Google seems to be seems to be testing a new storage manager, letting users see how their storage space is being used and what's taking up the most space. The feature is simple, as you'd expect, clearly showing a device's total capacity, amount of space used, and remaining free space, along with how much is being used by downloads and offline files.

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Chrome OS dev 53 update brings the promised Google Play Store

Chrome OS dev 53 update brings the promised Google Play Store

It seems that the promised day for Chome OS users has finally arrived. At least for those users who happen to own an ASUS Chromebook Flip and are running the experimental dev version of the OS. Reports are coming in that the latest version 53 of the dev channel is greeting them with a surprise welcome message announcing the arrival of Google Play Store on their Chromebook. There are still some rough edges and unanswered questions, but for some lucky users, it's the start of a renewed friendship with their Chromebooks.

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Google video details running Android apps on Chromebook

Google video details running Android apps on Chromebook

Chromebooks are one of the most cost effective ways to get into the computer realm and as such, many parents on a budget have resorted to Chromebooks for a first computing device for kids. Many schools are also relying on Chromebooks in classrooms and libraries rather than thin clients or Windows machines. One thing that has been missing from the Chromebook is access to a glut of apps and software supporting the Chromebook ecosystem. That changed at Google I/O.

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Vysor now lets Android mirror remotely, and it’s awesome

Vysor now lets Android mirror remotely, and it’s awesome

Chrome app Vysor now allows users to build their own Android device farm - remotely. Just what you've always wanted. That is assuming you're the sort of person who has a whole bunch of Android phones and tablets and whatnot. Even if you're not, the newest feature on this app allows you to access your Android phone's fully interactive screen via your PC or Mac or Chromebook both through a USB cord remotely and through any computer connected via a shared link. Easy peasy.

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Chromecast in Google Home should come as no surprise

Chromecast in Google Home should come as no surprise

It's suddenly become newsworthy that Google Home, the company's "first" smart home product, uses the brain of Chromecast to function. But why? We've already showed you the source of that information - not that it matters all that much. Google has been working on this same project for years - it's just had a different name at its different levels of inception. It was (and is) part of the Google On community, which runs Weave connections to other Brillo devices, which are related to Chromecast, which was originally called Nexus Q. It's all part of the same initiative.

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